Thursday, November 5, 2009

O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?

But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east and....Zac Efron?

My freshman year of high school we read Shakespeare's play The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. I remember that the edition we read printed contemporary colloquial translations on the other page, like "yo Juliet". Along with reading the play we also watched the famous Zeffirelli film , which launched Shakespeare back into pop culture as the movie spoke to the rebellious flower children of the late 1960's and early 1970's.
Talking to my friend Katie, she remembered not particularly liking the movie and an unattractive Romeo. But I'm here to tell you that we didn't have any taste in men our freshman year of high school. Today I watched Zeffirelli's adaptation again and my friend pointed out that Romeo looks like Zac Efron. You don't believe me? My evidence is below.
I mean these two must be related - the similarities border on creepy. The only major differences being Leonard Whiting's brown eyes and British accent. Well the British accent is not technically a physical feature, but it adds to their attractiveness.

I'm not proposing that Zac Efron portray Romeo in a new adaptation - that would be painful. I'm simply just stating the obvious physical similarities and both taking part in influential cultural phenomenons - one perhaps more high-brow than the other.


  1. Well, well, well, well. I might have to reconsider my attitudes toward that freshman-year version.

  2. Wow! A comment. Hmmm... I always hate to think that i somehow contribute to your insatiability.

  3. We watched this version in my English class last year, and everybody went on and on about how Efron-like Romeo was. I'm not complaining.

  4. looks like zac efron was once 17... and now he's "17 again" (;(;...

  5. lol i watched romeo and juliet in english today and it was this one and i was like I DIDNT KNOW ZAC EFRON PLAYED IN THIS
    and my teacer was like yes now zac efron can travel back in time to 1966

  6. I wish.. Earlier this year, i had to read romeo and juliet for my freshman english class. Sadly, my teacher did not show us the movie of it, but i had noticed this as soon as i saw it at home. I was like OMG Zac Efron, then i realized this is 1966.. :(